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Hanging Acorn Treat Boxes

Source: Martha Stewart


Pressed-paper acorn boxes get dressed up for Halloween, evoking vintage treat containers handed out by candy shops and bakeries in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


  • Acorn-shaped pressed-paper box

  • Foam brush

  • Template

  • Glue stick

  • Waxed linen (#WL4PLYWAL), in Walnut, from The Caning Shop, 800-544-3373
    Hot-glue gun


  1. Paint both halves of an acorn-shaped pressed-paper box with orange acrylic paint using a foam brush. Let dry.

  2. Using a clean foam brush and brown acrylic paint, give the textured cap a light coat, dragging the brush down from the top and covering just the raised surface. Let dry.

  3. Cut out crepe-paper features from fine crepe paper in white and black using the templates. Glue the shapes onto front half of box, in the configuration of a face, using a glue stick.

  4. Remove existing hanging loop if desired. Replace with an equal-length loop of waxed twine, and secure against the lip inside one box half using a small dab of glue from a hot-glue gun.

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